Ask anyone in the broadcast business for their dream assignment, and a majority would say it is to call an NFL game. There are precious few jobs, since all TV games are produced by national networks, and those who have them don’t want to relinquish them.Andrew Catalon, weekend anchor at WNYT (Ch. 13), got that dream opportunity Sunday, filling in for Bill Macatee on the CBS Bills-Bengals telecast in Cincinnati.We asked Catalon, who called the Cleveland Browns’ preseason schedule earlier this season, to give us the 10 things the average person wouldn’t know about calling an NFL game. Here’s what he came up with:1. Preparation. In addition to reading anything he could find on the teams and players, Catalon watched game tapes of every Bills and Bengals game to that point of the season.2. The chart. Every good announcer prepares a chart — Catalon did his on a 20 x 30 white board — listing every player with pertinent stats and biographical information. Catalon said that he may have used 15 to 20 percent of his information on the air. “I knew I had too much going in,” he said, “but, to me, you can never overprepare.”3. Memorization. Catalon learned the jersey number of every player on both teams. “A couple of times I couldn’t see the tackler,” he said, “but I was confident about the numbers.”4. Team meetings. Catalon, analyst Steve Tasker, producer Victor Frank and director Andy Goldberg met privately Saturday with the head coach and select players on each team (four Bengals, three Bills). That’s standard procedure in the NFL.5. Confidentiality. Although he took notes, Catalon wasn’t allowed to use any information learned from the meeting until game time. “Chan (Gailey, Bills’ head coach) went over who the inactives were going to be,” Catalon said. “That information helped me in my preparation.”6. Production meeting. Saturday night is spent meeting with network personnel involved in the telecast, reviewing story lines, graphics, etc.7. The open. The four-minute segment, in which Catalon and Tasker preview the game, is done live and without a TelePrompTer. They did rehearse it twice.8. Spotter and statistician. During the game telecast, he had a statistician to his left and a spotter, who sat between Catalon and Tasker, to the right. The statistician’s job is fairly self-explanatory. The spotter uses the announcer’s chart to point out a ball-carrier, a tackler or any significant personnel change.9. Prepared for anything When Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton benefited from a replay review because of the “Tuck Rule,” the production truck almost immediately had tape of Tom Brady’s 2001 game in which that rule entered NFL lexicon. A stage manager handed Catalon a card with details of the tape. “The amount of preparation the production crew and staff puts in is incredible,” Catalon said.10. Coast to coast. A game that was going to 3 percent of the country at the start finished in front of the entire country, although you wouldn’t have known it. Catalon smoothly gave old and new viewers a game recap without disrupting the telecast by saying something like, “We’d like to welcome viewers who have been watching … “”It moved a lot faster than a preseason game,” Catalon said. “It’s a lot crisper. It helped that it was a good game.”Pete Dougherty is the Times Union’s sports TV/radio columnist. Reach him at 454-5416 or . Visit the sports media blog at blog.timesunion.com/sportsmedia. Sound bytes1Terry Francona, recently fired as Boston Red Sox manager, will fill in for Tim McCarver (who is having a minor heart-related procedure this week) on Fox’s telecast of the first two games of the American League Championship Series. Could this be an audition?2Showing that political views and multibillion-dollar contracts with pro sports leagues don’t mix, ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.’s music from its “Monday Night Football” open because of remarks he made on Fox News. Williams compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, comments for which he apologized the next day.3Good news for Syracuse football fans. The Orange’s game Saturday night at Tulane has been picked up by SNY. Until Wednesday, it was scheduled for radio only in the Northeast.